There’s no denying it’s hard out there for a makeup addict on a college budget. That’s why I did some investigative research at the hottest shop on campus (CVS, obviously) to bring you some fabulous finds that won’t break the bank!
1. Brow Envy– Solved!
The e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit Gel and Powder, Dark ($3, Drugstore.com) has become my new best friend. The double-sided brush is perfect for applying both the shaping gel and the setting powder, which together fill in brows beautifully. Who needs expensive, moderately confusing brow palettes when you can get totally satisfying results from a THREE DOLLAR dupe? Three. Dollars. That’s less than a typical Starbucks order. Sooooo… you’re welcome.
2. Lipstick Cravings
We all know that pit-in-the-gut, color-frenzied, wild-eyed feeling we can’t shake no matter how hard we try: the urge to buy a new lipstick. Luckily, my trusty Maybelline New York Superstay 14HR Lipstick, ($6.29, Target) is tried and true. This is such a great everyday lipstick that comes in so many colors and shades (one of my new faves is Lasting Chestnut)– you can’t help but try ’em all.
3. Make Me Blush
One of the sometimes overlooked facets of cosmetics, but nonetheless foremost in the makeup addict’s mind, is blush. Of course, there are tempting, sparkly, siren-song-singing luxury blushes, but a good drugstore pick works just fine. I suggest Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush, Light Rose ($4.26, Target); even for my ghost-pale skin, this pigment is gentle and blendable (but totally buildable) enough to get the job done without accidentally signing me up for clown school.
4. Prime Time
Urban Decay and BareMinerals have some awesome eyeshadow primers, but if you’re between paychecks, e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer, ($2, ELF) is here to save the day. It stays put all day, and I will never be over e.l.f.’s unfathomable prices. I’m sorry, TWO DOLLARS? Incredible.
5. Longwear Lips
If you’re the kind of person who forgets to bring the lipstick she’s wearing with her for touch-ups, you might want a longer-wear option like Revlon Colorstay Overtime SoftFlex Lipcolor/Moisturizing Topcoat, ($7.99, Drugstore.com). It’s got formidable staying power and comes in some really pretty colors (this one is a great amped-up-fake-natural hue)!
Just because you’re on a tight budget or stranded from Sephora doesn’t mean your beauty needs have to suffer! Your new secret weapons just got a whole lot more attainable– and I’ll never tell.
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